La vida sin un iPhone


For those of you who haven’t heard, I have now been iPhone-free for three weeks. And no, I am not “like totally dying” without it. But there are definitely things that I miss.

Things I miss:

1) Snapchat. Yes, I do realize how pathetic it is that this is #1. Don’t judge me.

2) Pretending to text in awkward situations. Flip phones just don’t have the same effect, somehow.

3) Viber. I miss texting and calling my friends and family. And I miss the funny stickers. Sorry Facebook messaging, but you just don’t compare.

4) Instagram. The ironic thing is that I barely ever even posted pictures to Instagram, but now that I can’t, I have a strong urge to capture every meal that I eat and every pretty sunset that I see.

5) Completely unrelated, but since this is a list of things I miss, I’m gonna go ahead and put it out there that I miss Mexican food like crazy. Spanish food is delicious, but I would give anything for some chips and queso right now.


Taking photos would have knocked Snapchat out of first place if I hadn’t bought myself a camera today. I was really smart and didn’t bring an actual camera to Spain, thinking I would just use my iPhone. Flawless plan right? Well, as it turns out, getting my phone stolen threw a wrench into my whole not-having-a-camera plan. Luckily I haven’t taken any trips out of Seville in the last few weeks so I haven’t really needed to take pictures, but the next month and a half will be travel-filled so I definitely needed a camera.

So today I journeyed to my local Fnac (Spain’s version of Best Buy. Still not sure if it’s pronounced phonetically or F-N-A-C). The man who helped me was very nice and helpful, and answered all of my questions (which basically consisted of me asking which was the best camera for under 100 euros). He pointed out three that he thought were the best, and I settled on a purple Canon because A) Go frogs! and B) The price was usually a lot higher, and it includes WiFi so you can upload photos to your computer or phone (for those of you who still have a phone) when connected to WiFi.


Tomorrow I am going on a day trip to Itálica, a little town about 20 minutes away from Seville, so I will get to test it out there. Wish me luck! I’m hoping I will be satisfied with the camera and can continue using it when I go home, even after I get a new phone.

Though losing my iPhone was obviously not an ideal situation, I always like to look on the bright side of situations in life. So here is a list of good things that have come from losing my phone:

1) Instead of looking like that dumb American who can’t take her eyes off of her phone, I just look like that dumb American

2) My people-watching has been on point. I wouldn’t get to see all of the adorable Spanish children, the hilarious street performers, or the couple awkwardly making out on the metro if my face was barried in my phone

3) When my alarm goes off to wake me up in the morning, I actually get out of bed and start my day instead of wasting 10 minutes laying there checking all of my social media sights

4) I am not constantly searching for a cafe with a WiFi zone so that I can see if I have any new Snapchats. I can go to that random cafe that I’ve always wanted to try without feeling like it’s a waste because they don’t have free WiFi

5) I have one last thing to worry about losing. I have enough trouble keeping track of my metro card, my wallet, the key to my apartment, and my oh-so-snazzy black flip phone without adding an expensive iPhone to the mix


Anyway, for those of you who have also lost your phone or had it stolen, or for those of you who may be thinking about taking a break from your phone (if any of you exist) I am a success story to prove it can be done. I, Shelly Crossland, am living without an iPhone. And I’m doing just fine.

Well, I’m off to go eat a meal without taking a picture of it, wonder what funny faces I’m missing on Snapchat, and make cute Spanish families feel uncomfortable by staring a little too long.

Until next time,

-Phone-free Shelly


2 thoughts on “La vida sin un iPhone

  1. Haha, I love this! I recently dropped my iPhone down the toilet.. I was basically smartphone free for a week. And I’ve got to say, I really miss it. I experienced all the things you mentioned! Unfortunately, a friend a spare Samsung, which she was willing to lend me. It’s definitely convenient having a smartphone again. But I miss those smartphone-free days….

    1. Haha yeah it is definitely hard living without one but then there are also some perks too! Glad you were able to get a spare phone from someone.

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